Shorts for the man

Every now and then I plan to make a garment for Mark and seeing I had already made him two Strathcona Henely t-shirts and had purchased the Jutland Pants from Thread Theory, I thought a new pair of shorts was in order.

Mark does own a pair of red shorts so I didn’t feel that purchasing this burnt orange would be too much except my sewing buddies keep telling me it is my colour.

I then had some fun finding some manly cotton fabric for the pocket bags, waistband lining and bias binding.

My madness is based on the fact that Mark has a 30″ waist and last year I found it extremely difficult to find pants/trousers in this size and as he prefers not to wear a belt it looks like I could have a new job.

So I cut out a size 30″ and then couldn’t make up my mind if I was going to do patch pockets or welt pockets.

Welt pockets won, but it has been a long time since I have done these and I’m glad his RTW shorts have the bar tacks at the end of the pockets as this has helped cover my overcutting.

Even though I wasn’t completely happy with the welt pockets I decided to still make these as I wasn’t sure that the pattern 30″ waist would be equal to Mark’s real waist.

All seams are flat felled and I have used bias strips for around the edge of the fly.

Again my sewing machine didn’t like the buttonhole so I have again used the tutorial I used for my Jeans.

I found this button in my button jar and think it works perfectly for these shorts.

Mark found the waist to be very comfortable but did comment that these are a slim fit in the legs.  So next time I will add a some extra width in the front leg and see how that goes.

This is at the end of the day.

Now the fabric for these shorts were counted in the 2015 totals, but I attended the Sydney Spoolettes Fabric Destash event last Sunday and donated the green/black mesh knit that you can see at the top left hand of the picture below.  This was purchased during our trip to the USA back in 2011 and now I can only see the black in it so I am very happy it has found a new home.

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2016 Stash Out: 2.9 m
2016 Stash In: 15 m

6 thoughts on “Shorts for the man

  1. What a great make – they look very smart. I haven't yet made things like this for my husband, one day…and the destashing is a good idea. It's funny how some fabrics just turn out wrong after the purchase – I am sure we are led away by ideas when shopping that are not quite so nice when the fabric is clearly seen in the light of another day :). Sorry I missed this post, my computer died and I am only just back on the air.

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  2. These are terrific shorts. I love the colour and the manly pocket bag print. My poor neglected husband (also waist 30, so the same purchasing problems) has left a pair of his favourite hiking shorts on my sewing table. Unfortunately I have no desire whatsoever to replicate them for him – there must be 20 different pieces in them, and they are made from a technical sportswear fabric which I have no idea how to source (its not in any of the usual culprits online). Perhaps I could convince him to settle fo a very smart pair like your husband's new shorts instead :). Thanks for the pattern review, man short patterns are a bit scarce.

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